Are You Made Up?
The bare truth: the basic intent of makeup application can be classified as either decorative or remedial. Product names clearly identify the intent of the purchaser. Decorative: Luscious Lashes, Scandal Blusher, Scintillating Shadow, Kiss-Me Lip gloss. Remedial: Age-defying Makeup, A Touch of Grey Hair Coloring, Young-again Lashes, Dark-shadow Eraser. The demographics are spliced precisely on the age line.
I remember the good old days when a quick swipe of blusher and lip gloss guided by my reflection in the bathroom mirror was my entire routine. These days, I set up the magnifying mirror, gather my tools and utensils including, water, q-tips, tissues and brushes, retrieve my basket of age-defying emoluments and have at it — for at least half an hour. In those early days, a brief moment of self-approval followed making-up. These days, I wonder: when can a woman call it quits? When she retires? When she turn 65…70? When can she say, “This is it folks, I have wrinkles, I have sags, I have shadows, I have grey. Live with it. I do.”